March 28, 2008 07:00 ET

ZAP Electric Scooter Springs Into Action

Zapino Electric Scooter Beats Gas Prices, Beats Gas Models Off the Line

SANTA ROSA, CA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2008) - With warm spring weather here and record gas prices with it, electric vehicle pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is reminding people that they can save a lot of money by leaving the car at home and using an electric scooter.

And if someone told you that electric vehicles were slow, think again. These electric scooters have a new secret weapon, a powerful motor technology built into the rear wheel. This motor is so powerful it can win drag races against gas scooters, with speed and acceleration that leaves the polluters in their own dust.

ZAP makes electric cars and trucks, but also sells several models of electric scooters. Its newest scooter, the Zapino, is a moped-class electric vehicle that is getting rave reviews. The Zapino's sporty design and elegant style is highly visually attractive, and provides a smoothly exciting experience for drivers.

"When we first got our two Zapinos, we couldn't believe how powerful they were, with great acceleration and good hill climbing," said Durango resident Baker McKonly. "Then my wife and I raced it against some 50 cc gas scooters and the Zapino could beat them off the line. We like them so much we're considering opening a dealership here and offering them as rentals."

The Zapino features a high-tech wheel-motor rated at 3000 watts. ZAP says this offers customers the most powerful wheel motor available on the scooter market today, allowing unprecedented performance. Zapino owners say they are thrilled to enjoy superb power and extended range thanks to this breakthrough technology. Engineers found that wheel motors actually squeeze an extra 20-30 percent more efficiency out of the vehicle, allowing it to go much farther than similar scooters without wheel motors. In tests, the Zapino was found to travel up to 30 miles per charge, varying somewhat upon the rider and road conditions.

The Zapino is designed to plug into any normal household outlet and comes with all the features and equipment you would expect in a scooter -- without using gas! Order one today or schedule a test drive at a ZAP dealership near you. Visit

About ZAP

ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP has a joint venture called Detroit Electric to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles with Youngman Automotive Group, one of China's leading manufacturers of buses and trucks. Detroit Electric is developing a freeway capable electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias in collaboration with Lotus Engineering. ZAP is also developing a new generation of vehicles using advanced nanotech batteries with Advanced Battery Technologies. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group to expand its international vehicle distribution. ZAP also makes an innovative, new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics from cell phones to laptops. For product, dealer and investor information, visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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